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Tribune dominates California awards conference

Michael Schneider

The Tahoe Daily Tribune cleaned up this past weekend at the 1997 California Newspaper Publishers Association awards in San Diego.

The paper won a conference-leading 11 awards, eight of them for first place.

“For a staff our size to win first place in eight categories including sports, entertainment and editorial page, is unprecedented,” said Managing Editor Tim Traeger, who succeeded Claire Fortier in August.

The only other newspaper that garnered 11 awards was the Los Angeles Times, a paper that competes in the “Large Daily” category. The Tribune competes in the “10,000 or under daily” circulation category.

The Tribune finished second to the Glendale News-Press in the coveted General Excellence category.

“Although we had hoped to win first place in the General Excellence category, second place among all papers our size in California should not be taken lightly,” Traeger said.

Two of the Tribune’s first place awards were for sports coverage and best sports story.

“The fact that we won these awards is a reflection of how great the sporting community is here,” Sports Writer Michael Traum said.

Traum wrote the winning sports story on Whittell High School’s Mike Crawford being drafted by the Miami Dolphins.

Other winners for the Tribune in the 10,000 or under circulation daily category included first place in editorial page (Traeger/Fortier), first place in arts and entertainment coverage edited by Denise Sloan, second place in environmental reporting (Patrick McCartney), first place for front page (Tim Parsons), second place in design (Steve Miller), first place for feature photo (Dan Thrift), second place for display advertising (Roz Brooks), and first place for classified advertising (Virginia Lindsay and Pam Gooch).

“For our advertising, sports and editorial departments to receive such high honors among our many peers is a credit to the people who work every day to bring South Lake Tahoe its local news,” Traeger said. “Now we’ll set our sights at winning general excellence.

“And with this staff, I’m sure we will.”

Other Swift Newspapers top award winners from Lake Tahoe included the Sierra Sun, first place in editorial page and the Tahoe World, first place in spot news reporting and first place in front page.

The Tahoe Mountain News, based in South Lake Tahoe, won a second place award for best spot news photo in a weekly with a circulation of 4,301 to 11,000.

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